Liu Baomin

The Painting of Liu Baomin

In ccomparison to his previous series of works, "Big Stage", which were filled with life-like depictions of reality, the series "Extreme Illusion" by Liu Baomin cast doubts itself. This series is a visual account which opposes the sense of reality, and therefore the paintings of Liu Baomin portray everything that happened and his happening in the world as nothing but a sense of void

What the artists portray is nether his inner self nor the objects themselves; instead what he depicts in his work is an intermediate layer between self and object, an element similar to the visual iconic medium of frosted glass. Liu Baomin is concerned with the existence of the images themselves: letting forms peel off from the objects, signifying the existence of the images themselves. What the images by Liu Baomin portray is not the appearance of images themselves; on the contrary, the artist tries to let the pictorial nature become a symbol for the personal experience. In other words through the use of images he portrays the experience of alienation of our epoch

Self-alienation is the product of a "self" set in a consumerist society and in a materialistic system; from a social point of view, self-alienation occurs when extremely objectified daily life turns into something extremely unreal. This phenomenon is not expressed in the paintings of Liu Baomin in the form of social critism, but in the form of the appearance of a "Self" resulted from a visual experience. This endows Liu Baomin's two series of works with a radical change: extreme reality becomes the portrayal of something unreal

Works

Biography

1968

Born in in Xian, Shanxi Province, China

1989

Graduated from the Xian Academy of Fine Arts with a degree in oil painting, Xi'an, China

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008

Extreme Illustion, Yan Arts Center, Beijing, China

2007

Extreme Illusion•Oil Paintings by Liu Baomin, Yan Arts Center, Beijing, China

Solo Exhibition, Maeght Galerie

2005

Extreme Illusion Solo Exhibition, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China

2004

Solo Exhibition, Gallery on Old Bailey, Hong Kong

2003

Solo Exhibition, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China

Solo Exhibition, Gallery on Old Bailey, Hong Kong

2001

Solo Exhibition, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011

SH Contemporary Art Fair 2011, by Soemo Fine Arts, Beijing, China

2010

Beyond The Broken Skin, Soemo Fine Arts, Beijing, China

To Live on Ourselves in Three Aspects, Zhuzao Art Museum, Beijing, China

2009

Image China-City Flag, Xi'an, China

ARTPARIS Galerie Loft, Paris, France

60-70-80 Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Castle Art Museum, Tours, France

2008

Art Beijing, Beijing, China

2007

Art Beijing, Beijing, China

Glamorous Dolls, Zhengda Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Living in Songzhuang, Songzhuang Art Museum, Beijing, China

2006

China International Gallery Exposition CIGE, Beijing, China

Songzhuang Arts Factory Open Exhibition, Beijing, China

2005

Spring Art Salon, Hong Kong

The Art of Time Group Touring Exhibition in Beijing-Xi'an-Guangzhou-Haerbin, Organized by Switzerland Movado Watch Company.

Passion and Force Group Exhibition, Yan Club Arts Center, Beijing, China

Ren+Ba-Group Exhibition, Yan Arts Center, Beijing, China

2004

Touring Exhibition of Oil Paintings, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China

Group Exhibition of Freedom of Touching the Body and Soul, Beijing 798, China

2003

The Third Shaanxi Oil Painting Exhibition, Xi'an, China

The Third Chinese Oil Painting Exhibition, Beijing, China

Group Exhibition of Liu Baomin and Yinkun, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China

2002

China Art Expo, Beijing, China

2001

Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China

Speech of Two Persons, Wan Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China

1999

Beijing Art Fair, Beijing, China